Frequently Asked Questions

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Where is the Catalina Island Museum located?

The museum's Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building is located in the heart of Avalon at 217 Metropole Avenue, about one block up from Crescent Avenue, which runs parallel to Avalon Harbor. Click here for a map.

How do I find the museum's Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building?

The Catalina Island Museum is located just up the street from the Metropole Marketplace and Atwater Arcade on Metropole Avenue. It is a 10-minute walk from the Cabrillo Mole where the Catalina Express and Catalina Flyer dock in Avalon. Directions: From the Cabrillo Mole follow Crescent Avenue along the harbor and turn left at Metropole Avenue. Heading away from the ocean on Metropole Avenue, the museum is approximately one block up on the right. You may also reach the museum by taking a taxi or the bus via Avalon Transit. Taxis are available at the ferry terminal when you arrive in Avalon and can be reached at 310-510-0025. The Avalon Transit bus operates a fixed route through Avalon from the Cabrillo Mole to the Via Casino Archway. the bus stops at a couple of points on Metropole Avenue, one of which is very close to the museum's entrance. Click here for more information.

What is the admission price?

Admission to the Catalina Island Museum is free for members. Adults $17 Seniors (60+) $15 Military (active and veterans) $15 Healthcare Workers $15 Students (with valid I.D.) $15 Children (age 15 & under) Free with paid adult admission.

How do I arrange a group visit or tour?

Discounted admission rates are offered for groups of 15 or more. Click here for more information.

What are the hours of operation?

Our galleries and Museum Store are open 10 am to 5 pm Wednesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and the following holidays: New Year's Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

Is the Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building wheelchair accessible?

Yes. Both levels of the museum building are wheelchair accessible.

Do you allow photography and/or filming within the museum?

Photography and filming by the public is allowed unless otherwise posted. Flash photography and the use of tripods are not permitted. When using selfie sticks, we ask that you please be considerate of the art and artifacts, as well as other museum guests. Professional photographers and film crews who wish to shoot the interior and/or exterior spaces of the Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building must make arrangements at least one week prior to arrival. Click here for more information.

Are there volunteer opportunities available?

Yes! We always have a need for volunteers. A variety of opportunities are available. Click here to download the Volunteer Availability and Interest Form. Click here to submit the form. Please allow the museum staff member from your department of interest a few days to respond.

Will ALL art and artifacts in the Catalina Island Museum's collection be exhibited?

No. Like most museums, our permanent collection contains art, artifacts and documents covering a wide range of topics, but only a small percentage is exhibited at any one time. For that reason, our exhibitions will be changed and updated frequently.

Is there a retail shop at the museum?

Yes. Our Museum Store offers a unique selection of books and gift items related to Santa Catalina Island history. The merchandise includes one-of-a-kind vintage souvenirs, rare pottery, Catalina tile, and numerous custom-made products with images from our extensive collection of historical photographs, brochures and luggage stickers. Hours: 10 am to 5 pm Wednesday through Sunday If you are unable to visit the store in person, please click here to visit our online store

Can I donate art, artifacts, or documents to the Catalina Island Museum?

The Catalina Island Museum is pleased to consider donations of significant historical items or artworks that support our mission to collect, preserve and promote the culture and history of Santa Catalina Island and to bring unique exhibitions to Catalina. Donations are not accepted on a “walk-in” basis. Potential donations to the Catalina Island Museum are reviewed quarterly by a Collections Committee for acceptance into the museum’s permanent collection. Donations that do not meet the committee’s criteria may be, with donor approval, accepted for the purpose of raising funds through sale. All proceeds from any sale go to supporting the acquisition and care of the museum’s permanent collection. One criteria for the acceptance of a donation is the museum’s ability to care for the donation. At this time the Catalina Island Museum is in need of archival materials to preserve current and future collections. Your additional gift to Catalina Island’s Archival Materials Fund ensures our treasures are safeguarded for the future. If you would like to donate to the Catalina Island Museum please send a letter or e-mail with your current contact information (phone and e-mail) to Catalina Island Museum, PO Box 366, Avalon, CA 90704, attn: Collection Department. Or, click here to email us. To expedite the donation process, please indicate the specifications of the item(s) you wish to donate (name, title of work, date, medium, dimensions and how and when item(s) were acquired) and include a digital or photographic image for review. If you would like any of your materials returned, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with sufficient postage. Please allow up to 3 months for us to review your donation. Objects mailed to or left at the museum will be disposed of in any way deemed fit by the museum's Collections Committee.

How can I find out about employment opportunities at the Catalina Island Museum?

Please click here to check if we have any positions available.

Can I rent space in the museum for a private event or meeting?

Yes. The Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building offers a variety of spaces suited for corporate events, parties, weddings, lectures and meetings. Please click here for more information.